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I know I have asked you guys to send packages to the soldiers, but today while looking for a recent post from the soldier I mailed off some goodies to, I came across the following post:

 

– Air Force –

SSgt Michael Hendricks
Attn: Any Airman
HHC, 501 STB
101 Airborne Div., AASLT
FOB Speicher
APO AE 09393

(Use address exactly as shown.) (1)

 

Added here: 14 January 2006
Expected to leave Iraq: 01 Jul 2006 (2)
Where in Iraq: Tikrit (3)
Contact for approx number of Males: 7, Females: 0 (4)
Unit is from: Ohio (5)
Restrictions to this address: Here (6)

 

From the Airman:

14 Jan 2006:
We need snacks and durable dog toys for our Military Working Dogs. I have Military Working Dogs. We really need "ChillyDog" cool vests. They are great because unlike the ice pack systems these can be dipped in cold water! The Jorvet Thera-Paw size M & L paw protectors (Very Important). Cannie cooling beds- which are fluid cool cushioned petbeds. I know this is a lot to ask, but I need UnderArmor shirts for my handlers (BLK) Sizes Loose fit L-XL. Snug fit XL-XXL.

 

 The text of the message says: 

 

14 Jan 2006:
We need snacks and durable dog toys for our Military Working Dogs. I have Military Working Dogs. We really need "ChillyDog" cool vests. They are great because unlike the ice pack systems these can be dipped in cold water! The Jorvet Thera-Paw size M & L paw protectors (Very Important). Cannie cooling beds- which are fluid cool cushioned petbeds. I know this is a lot to ask, but I need UnderArmor shirts for my handlers (BLK) Sizes Loose fit L-XL. Snug fit XL-XXL.

 

I understand many of the things he has asked for are out of the financial reach of many of the people who read my BLOG, but maybe just one person could afford some of the more expensive items.  What a difference that would make for an overheated working dog.

 

For the people who love animals, and would love to make a difference please note he said, “We need snacks and durable dog toys…”  (Doesn’t have to be expensive stuff.)

 

I am going to send a box of dog goodies, a couple of KONG toys (the most durable dog toys I have ever found) and a couple jars of peanut butter for stuffing the KONG.  I would be thrilled if I could get a couple more people to send a box……I can only imagine how hard dog toys are to come by there. 

 

Thanks to anyone in advance who decides to help!  I appreciate it!

 

Laura 

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11 Comments

  1. Oh wow. thanks so much for posting this! How often our faithful working companions get forgotten in the suffering of humanity. Thank you for reaching out to them!

  2. I know a lot of people that will be more than happy to contribute to the cause, I’ll get on it. Could you send me the link where you found that post?

  3. Laura… consider tomorrow my trip to Pet Smart Day! As a military brat myself with a usmc nephew heading out for his second tour of Iraq, I’d be honored to do whatever I have to for our four legged furry soldiers! Is that the mailing address in your post? God bless you for spreading this … I’ll make it the lead in my blog also!~ Lisa

  4. I will send out what I can I’ve also forwarded this on to PetCo because they seem to be interested in donating things when they can. It might be something they’d do as well….I know a lot of businesses will donate money or products to these soldiers if they’re made aware of specific needs. Thanks for posting this I haven’t checked the site lately.

  5. 🙂 2 more things to help on this….here’s the sites for the paw protectors and the vests….the vest site has a donation program going on to send the vests to overseas military working dogs where you can donate to it if you can’t afford a vest….http://www.dogleggs.com/pages/thera-paw.cfmhttp://www.coolvest.com/chillydog.shtmlHope it helps.

  6. I’d like to try to help. I’ll see what I can do!

  7. dobby~ As always, you are a dear!Anita~ I will email you this morning. The link to the site is the "Any Soldier" link at the top left of my space. I just happened across him…..Once on the site, click on "Where to send" and you can search…..Lisa~ It would be great if you sent something! Pallas_Athene5~ Great idea about petco and thank you a million for the links……..you are the bestBeverly~ This is just one of those, "If ya can things"…..not to worry if you cant. I figure I get about 1000 people a day looking at my site…..if I can get about 5 boxes over there, I will be happy. :)THanks everyone who sends something! ;o)Laura

  8. wow I would never have thought about the working dogs :o( thanks for bringing that to my attention and I will see about gathering some toys and snacks. Especially those kong toys. My in-laws’ dog has one in black and she hasn’t been able to destroy it yet!

  9. i know people who will contribute to this. I only hang with animal lovers, and they’re all big suckers like I am, so I will spread the message!

  10. Hey Laura,Don’t kill me,there’s this really cute article on MSN called "Dating for Dog Lovers". Thought you might want to read it.http://msn.match.com/msn/article.aspx?articleid=5770&TrackingID=516311&BannerID=544657&menuid=6&GT1=7569Denise

  11. laura,
     
    i came upon your website while doing a search for military working dogs (MWDs)…our organization, the space coast war dog association (www.scwda.org) has forwarded over 15,000 pounds of morale and medical items to US and Coalition MWD teams since March 2002….we are the ones that asked glacier tek to manufacture the chillydog coolvests…we use their product as it is non-toxic if accidently ingested…we have shipped over 60 of these coolvests overseas and continue to get request everyday for more…they are valuable in keeping the k-9s cool in the 130 degree summer heat….
     
    please go to our website and see what you think…there is lots of great information regarding the history of the MWDs and their courage and loyalty…plus lots of really cool photos and videos….
     
    please don’t hesitate to contact me directly should you require any further information…
     
    thanks for all you have and continue to do to support our deployed k-9 teams…
     
    sheri
     


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